Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"Why do you love England so much?"

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that question, I could afford a house in England and in the States..hence, my dream life. Every time I mention the royal family, or study abroad, or anything english really, people ask me why I am so obsessed. They say things like "Don't you know it's grey and rainy all the time?" and "Living there is just like living here..what's the big deal?" and I don't even know where to begin most of the time. We shall start with the obvious…those dang British accents. 
British accents are just adorable. I could listen to a British person talk all day and never get tired of it. I watch British YouTubers talk and am just memorized. It is weird, I know, but I personally think it's amazing. And can I just say how unfair it is that Brits can talk in an American accent so easily but yet Americans sound like they have a speech impediment when they try to "speak British." Also, words like "jumper" instead of sweater, or not finishing a phrase when saying things like "a cuppa" or "stickers on." I love it, but I always want to say "A cup of what?" "Stickers on what?" 
The people. So many people that I love have come out of England. Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Harry Potter, Harry Styles (and Liam, Louis, and Zayn), David Beckham, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Robert Pattinson…and also Amy Norris
The music. I mean, Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, The Kooks, The Beatles, The 1975, The Cure, The Smiths, McFly, One Direction…(; I just love when I love a band and then find out they're British because to me, it makes me love them even more. 
The vocabulary. I keep a running lists of my favorites but right now it's arse, blusher, trousers, lads, bird (someone is going to call me their bird even if I have to coerce it out of them), fortnight, and yogurt. Gotta love the way they say yogurt. #iamembarrassing 
The hats. Why do we not wear hats in America? I have a few, but I don't ever wear them in public because people think I'm crazy. I just want to dress like Kate Middleton…is that too much to ask?
Afternoon tea. I don't even drink tea, but I think the idea of wearing a big hat, elbow length gloves, and a fancy dress to go drink it is just too much. 
Quaint little towns. We have small towns here, but I love the idea of having a town center with a main street and all that. I also like the idea of driving on the left side of the road. I don't understand why they do that, but I like it. 
The politics. I find the Parliamentary system so interesting. There is so much cool history there and I love it. I get so into the history behind Parliament and the way their system works as compared to ours and it's just so neat. 
The royal family. Okay, I don't just say this because I grew up loving Prince William and Prince Harry and now I'm absolutely obsessed with Kate Middleton, I say it because I think the royal family does a good job of bringing the country together. I mean, look how excited and united the whole country was for the royal wedding and the birth of the royal baby…that just doesn't happen in America. 
The history. All silliness aside, I really starting falling for England when I started reading Philippa Gregory's books. I love to read about the previous kings and queens of England and learn about the military and political history there. America is so young compared to European countries and we don't have all the interesting history and architecture..I mean, castles! 
In the end, I love England because I've grown up thinking of it as such a magical, foreign place. It's one of those things where you picture yourself being who you've always wanted to be - crazy, carefree, and full of life - once you get there and it just seems so magical. Like all of a sudden I'll get to Heathrow and my life will begin…and it'll be full of fun parties and romantic days, of course. I've loved reading about it and watching movies made/set there and always said I would go but never actually thought it would happen. Now that is is happening, it symbolizes the fact that I had a goal, never gave up on it or thought I could't do it, and actually made it happen! I cannot wait to be blogging from England and fangirling over all the amazing things I'm doing and places I'm seeing everyday! 
What is your favorite "must visit" place in the world?
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  1. I'm glad that you have high hopes for England, and it's a dream for you. Being british myself, I'd say some of those things are not far off, but some things are common misconceptions. I'd hate the thought of you entering England with rose-tinted vision, to find yourself in somewhere you'd feel uncomfortable or disappointed. I suppose if you're going to England to live the lovely British lifestyle, you're better in villages as opposed to cities, but then again that can affect job prospects.

    I love England, myself. Okay, there's some hideous things, there's some horrible things that happen, horrible people... but there's also good things, good people and beautiful places. Just like everywhere else! I hope you have a fabulous time, and all your dreams and expectations are met :)

    Chlo | www.chloodonnell.co.uk
    xo

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I'd say take some of these with a grain of salt as I know that in many ways, England is just like every where else, and I know it's not all accents and high tea all the time! lol. I just love it and think it's an awesome place!
      xo, Sarah

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  2. I get asked that a lot too. It's my dream to live in London, or at least in a village close by. I like people personalities (even if the conception is that they're cold people) and I really like the cold weather, sweaters almost all year round? yes, please!

    imeowlife. ,Dixx

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  3. This made me smile. Sometimes it takes someone's outside view to appreciate what we have going on over here in England and how other people see it. But as Chlo said it isn't all brilliantly British accents, lovely people wearing hats all the time ;) However this year I've decided to explore England a bit more myself, so I'm sure my eyes will be opened to all the stuff it has to offer that I don't already know about after 25 years.
    I hope you reach you goal of having a place in both the UK and US at some point :) x
    www.hannahjanesays.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope so too! And yes, I know it's got it's bad points as well as good ones, but I thought I'd focus on all the good, even if some are a bit silly! I can't wait to see even more lovely things whilst I'm there and I hope you find lots of lovely places as well! (:
      xo, Sarah

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  4. I'm pretty much in the same boat as you are and just reading through this post made me smile so much... Next time someone asks me why i'm obsessed with England? I'm definitely showing them this.
    Just for making me smile so hard, I hope you find a house next to Harry Styles' Xx

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    1. oh, you are too sweet! This comment made me smile! (:

      xo, Sarah

      P.S. - It is a part of my everyday life to hope for a house by Hazza, so thanks for your added efforts! (;

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  5. Oh Sarah, you're too sweet!!
    Seriously, I really wish everyone in England wore hats and elbow length gloves to afternoon tea - I think we should bring back that style when we go to the Ritz for champagne tea (this is happening - you don't get a choice in the matter).

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    1. I would never object to that…it sounds like my dreams coming to life! Bring it back we shall - you just have to call me Kate while we're there…is that weird? lol

      xo, Sarah

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  6. Yey for England - it's that history I miss now that i'm in the US. I know the US has history, don't get me wrong (and I know it has a history way before Columbus "found" America) but it's having castles and huge catherdals and the like that I miss. Also - while you didn't mention it - the British seaside is awesome - fish n chips, candy floss, rock pools, arcades. Perfect!

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    1. I totally get ya! And omg, that sounds amazing!! I will definitely add that to my list of things I need to see! (;

      xo, Sarah

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  7. Eeee this post makes me excited for you! My family is going to London for a week this summer (and then Paris) and I'm so pumped for it, I feel like I can't stop talking about it!

    xoxo,
    Meredith | www.monogrammeredith.com

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    1. Omg, if you ever want someone to tell about it, I volunteer! That's so awesome! I'm going on a Mediterranean cruise in March but sadly going nowhere near London (til September at least)! Ahh, look at us being such travelers…going to make such great blog posts! (;

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  8. I could not agree more with this post!! I'm fascinated by the fact that there's so much history in England compared to the US. I'm so excited to hear about your travels and can't wait to live vicariously through you!!

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    1. Ahh, please do! I can't wait and I'm glad someone will be excited about my excited rambles!

      xo, Sarah

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  9. What does stickers on mean? I've never heard that. I think the rest of the world was more excited than English people about the Royal wedding and baby (I didn't even watch the wedding) :p

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    1. Haha it means like stickers on something I think. Like I've always heard people say it like "ooh, it has pretty stickers on too" or something like "It's got buttons on." Stuff like that!

      xo, Sarah

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  10. This post was so sweet! I think it's great that you love GB and want to spend time here!
    Chlo is right though, but it's nice that you focused on the positives that us Brits sometimes forget!
    Will you be staying in London, England? It would be a good idea to take a weeken trip to the other countries that make up GB too as there's so much history! Come prepared! :)
    Joelle
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    FebruaryGirl.

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  11. Yes! I wish that I could tell you how many times I've had to hold my tongue about my study abroad semester in London. I don't get how people aren't as obsessed with England as I am! Clearly, you get it :)

    Emily
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  12. Sarah, Reading this post was like reading my own thoughts. It was crazy! I too am obsessed with England. My pinterest boards are basically all British: tea parties, kate middleton, harry styles, london...the list goes on. We DEFINITELY should be friends! :)

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  15. It's so interesting to hear an Americans perspective on England. I live in London and grew in a small village on the North East coast near the Scottish border, so have seen the completely different sides of England. It is an amazing country, but us English people are also really interested in American culture! xx

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